I woke the other morning opened the dishwasher expecting to see it full of clean dishes that needed to be unpacked. To my surprise I found it empty! OMGoodness, someone had kindly emptied the dishwasher. I felt very grateful to that anonymous kind person. It is not that such things don't happen around our house, they do; But because I'm up early and unpack the dishwasher, I usually don't give others the opportunity!
I felt thankful and wondered who that kind dishwasher unpacker was, I made a mental note to remember to ask and say thanks! Then I remembered it was me, I had done it the night before! I could have dismissed the whole thing and berated myself with 'how silly I was, not to remember', but instead thought how rarely I gave myself thanks and appreciation. I know the power and importance of being grateful and happy about the kindness others show us, and the kindness we show to them too. But why don't we show that same gratitude to ourselves?
So instead of dismissing it I took a few moments to be grateful and happy that I was interested in showing kindness to others. There is a little cautionary note here thought - It is helpful to think about my intention behind being kind and grateful to myself. It is helpful to think of having the intention to be kind and grateful to myself to be 'better for others' rather than to unhelpfully think of myself as 'better than others' because I am being kind.
It was great to learn a couple of things here
1. Gratitude for all
It is important to remember to be grateful to others and ourselves for kindness. Being mindfully aware of being grateful to ourselves for all the efforts we are all making to be 'better for others' helps us form that happy self perception.
When we take the time to notice and be aware of kind actions, including our own, and be grateful and happy about them we strengthen the interest we have in being a kind positive force in the world. So rejoice about all the happy, kind people in the world, including yourself.
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